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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Juliane Schulz

Japanese Studies/Social Science
(PhD Students, March 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015)

  • Social movements
  • Subject oriented sociology
  • Civil Society
  • Direct democracy in Japan

Japans ‚new‘ new social movements – strategy for action and mobilization to expand direct democracy in Japan: the citizen’s group Minna de kimeyō ‚genpatsu‘ kokumin tōhyō (working title)

One of the new social movements which emerged in Japan after the triple disaster 2011 is the citizen’s group Minna de kimeyō ‚genpatsu‘ kokumin tōhyō. This group is campaigning to hold a referendum about the future of nuclear power in Japan on both local and especially national level.  The group’s main interest is not the abolishment of nuclear energy itself, but the education concerning direct democracy, the mobilization of citizens to participate in the political decision-making process and to claim direct democratic elements as a means of participation.  
Using the citizen’s group Minna de kimeyō ‚genpatsu‘ kokumin tōhyō as a case study, this project aims to analyze whether new social movements activities help to further direct democracy in Japan. For this purpose citizen’s group activities will be analyzed through participatory observations and qualitative interviews with members of this citizen’s group will be held.